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Freedom [CASSETTE] [Import]

Neil Young Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (22 Sep 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LHN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,366,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
By the mid-Eighties Neil Young was about as unhip as you could possibly be. He was said to have gone to the right politically and his music was frankly not good (has anyone ever made it to the end of Re-Ac-Tor?). `Trans', `Landing on Water', `Life' - yes they were all a bit rubbish.

1988's `This Note's for You' was a blessed return to form and the following year's `Freedom' showed the old boy could still make it matter. If he ever had been a Reaganite he certainly wasn't now - the album casts a harsh light on the American mantra of `at least we're free'. This is an album about the breakdown of family life for the forgotten - the underclass whose only way out was drugs or crime.

The cover of `On Broadway' takes it to a rather silly level to make his point but the rest of the album is superb. Great crunching guitars on `Don't Cry', `Eldorado' and the electric version of `Rockin' in the Free World' but also some wonderful ballads, `Hangin' on a Limb', `Someday', `Too Far Gone' and of course there's `Crime in the City' which, with its short-story format and saxophone breaks, sounds like virtually nothing else he's ever recorded.

From here on he was back up and running and heading for his `Godfather of Grunge' period - `Ragged Glory', `Weld' etc. Good on him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Another Neil Young Live Album ! 19 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Freedom was released in 1989 and as far as I am concerned Neil is on top form.
It starts and finishes with Rockin' In The Free World and does'nt let up in between.
There's plenty of energy and commitment from Neil, my favourite track is his version of On Broadway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wide range of styles, blending beautifully 19 July 2009
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
When I first listened to this back in the day, I don`t think I really appreciated it. I was always more intrigued by Neil`s work that came from the ditch, and this was a little polished; maybe I was missing the sloppy support of the redoubtable Crazy Horse, who always seemed to be playing on my favourite Young albums (such as Weld, or Zuma).

Well, time has been kind. Bookended by contrasting versions of probably Neil Young`s most radio-friendly song, "Rockin` In The Free World", it is easy to miss the great songs inbetween. "Crime In The City" is an epic, with brilliant lyrics describing aspects of society in meltdown and has always been an absolute joy to me, despite its nine minutes plus length. "Don`t Cry" is one song that I have really learnt to love now though, and showcases probably the first time Young employs the thunderous, crushing distorted power that grabbed my interest on "Weld". This power pops up on "Eldorado" too, contrasting with the light Spanish guitar that plays throughout. "No More" and "Too Far Gone" are great songs too, hammering home the album theme that too much Freedom seems to have negative consequences for many; drugs, homelessness and violence seem to lurk menacingly behind many songs. "Hangin` On A Limb" emphasises the fragile nature of happiness and success.

If I had to pick some weak points, then "The Ways of Love" would be one, for sure, but even "Someday" and "On Broadway" can work on the right day, which is one of the great strengths of the album - "Freedom" contains so many different styles of song. Overall, the many high points are plenty good enough to warrant a solid five stars.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent... 8 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
While there are more than enough individual tracks dotted around his huge number of recordings to justify Neil Young’s major reputation there are only a few albums that, on their own, hold together as satisfyingly complete “works”. And… in the (self imposed) absence of any sensible retrospectives since 1977’s “Decade” (definitely the best place to start for any “casual buyer”) those not “in the know” could be in for some seriously expensive mistakes. So, what’s been worth the money since then? Well…for anyone looking for the mellower side of this brilliantly mercurial but annoyingly erratic artist here’s a few suggestions: “Comes a Time” (1978), “Freedom” (1989), “Harvest Moon” (1992) and “Unplugged” (1995).
“Freedom” – his best album from the 1980’s – opens with two of his finest tracks: the anthemic “Rockin’ in the Free World” and the driving acoustic riffs, wonderfully atmospheric sax breaks and lyrically brilliant textures of the 8 minute “Crime in the City”. Good start, with much more to follow. In particular, the beautifully wistful “Wrecking Ball” (reworked, as with many of Neil Young’s stand-out tracks, even more effectively by someone else, in this case Emmylou Harris), the insidious anti-drug riffs of “No More”, the catchy harder electric rock of “Eldorado” and the beautifully gentle country/folk rock of “Too Far Gone”, “Hanging on a Limb” & “The Ways of Love”. And, with only the, albeit well executed, excursions into “heavy metal grunge” of “Don’t Cry” & “On Broadway” and the somewhat strained vocals of “Someday” sitting uncomfortably in such a satisfyingly laid-back set the album leaves you feeling… happy! Money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album - listen with fresh ears 29 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
Hearing this album, when it was released, is what first got me listening to Neil Young - I thought it was brilliant then, and I still do. I suspect that the big differences you can read in the (surprisingly small number of) reviews on Amazon are due to a large extent on the differing expectations that the reviewers had for the album, based on what Neil Young material they knew and liked/disliked already. I had no expectations, and was well bowled over by it. Accepted, there are some weaker songs, but they aren't very weak, and the good ones are really, really good. Songs like 'Crime in the City', 'Wrecking Ball', 'Someday' deserve a much wider audience. Get a copy and listen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
when he`s good he`s good
Published 27 days ago by harrykitten
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
Not one of the best NY albums, but far from the worst either!
Published 1 month ago by RK
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to the collection.
I'm slowly buying all his albums and I like this one but not as much as Harvest, After The Goldrush etc.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' in the free world!
I'd forgotten about this gem of an album, but recently saw Neil live in concert and was reminded how great his crowd pleaser 'Rockin' in the Free world' still is. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gouldstar
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good
I bought this on CD having bought it originally on cassette (remember them?); it's Neil Young's best CD after his very early ones. Standout track: "No More".
Published 19 months ago by R. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a better time to listen
Yes, I have carped some on Neil's failings, but this album is up there with his classics + Harvest Moon. And Crazy Horse don't ruin it! Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by Earnest Mann
4.0 out of 5 stars thank God!
yep, thank God Young found his mojo again after some truly aweful albums in the 1980s, Crime In The City is the pick of the bunch on this one, its an epic track complete with sax... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by lloyd boon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing NY had done, in years
Full of good music, apparently collected from several unfinished ny projects, but amazingly, after some of the tepid records bhebhad beeen churning out, really enjoyable and... Read more
Published on 20 April 2009 by BORU
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best after the 70s
Neil always had a very inconstant talent, alternating pearls like Zuma or On the Beach (his masterpiece) to average stuff like Long May you Run and Re Ac Tor to ugly recordings... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2007 by Claudio
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